General Admission Information for Aspire Institute

The following information is specific to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) applicants. International undergraduate applicants should view Entry Requirements here.

About Aspire Institute

Aspire Institute is owned, governed and operated by the prestigious International College of Management, Sydney Pty Ltd. Aspire offers higher education pathways, in partnership with distinguished Australian universities and colleges. We offer a range of non-award and undergraduate pathway programs articulating to a number of bachelor degrees.

CAMPUS LOCATIONS

English Programs and the Australian Foundation Program are run out of the Aspire Esplanade campus located at Levels 1 & 2, 46-48 East Esplanade Manly.

Lectures for Diploma courses and the Postgraduate Qualifying Program are held at the ICMS Northern Beaches Campus a short walk up the hill at 151 Darley Road, Manly NSW 2095.

CAMPUS TOUR

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OPEN DAY

Explore our campus, listen to lectures and find out about our courses. Sunday 9 August 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

Intake Dates

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Admission Criteria

APPLICANTS WITH RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION (WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS)

Australian Year 12 students

Recommended studies: Completion of NSW HSC (or equivalent) with a minimum Band 2 in English Standard or English EAL/D.

Interstate year 12

Australian interstate applicants will have achieved entry for Aspire Diploma Courses if they have achieved an equivalent of the NSW HSC with a minimum Band 2 in English Standard or English EAL/D.

At-school offer schemes available include:

Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

Through the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) you can receive an early offer to study at Aspire Institute before the release of HSC subject results and ATAR.

Applications for SRS are made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you apply, you will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Year 11 academic record
  2. School rating of your learning/aptitude
  3. An application interview.

Read more about SRS on the UAC website: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/schools-recommendation-schemes

Or by downloading a copy of the UAC SRS booklet: www.uac.edu.au/documents/srs/SRSbooklet.pdf

Note: SRS can be used in conjunction with an existing Aspire Institute application or alternative entry program such as Early Entry. Information collected by UAC will be provided to Aspire Institute and be used to supplement any existing applications.

Early Entry

Our Early Entry Scheme is designed for high-achieving HSC students who want to secure a place at Aspire Institute in February 2020 before sitting the HSC exams.

To be eligible, you need to demonstrate that you have a strong academic record and the potential to be an outstanding Aspire Institute student through your passion and commitment for a career in one of the areas of study we offer: Business Management, Event Management, Hospitality Management, International Tourism, Marketing and New Media Management, Entrepreneurship, Property Development or Sports Management.

If you are a successful applicant of the scheme, you will receive an offer for a place at Aspire Institute before you sit your HSC exams. It is a great way to gain a sense of future security for your most important school year.

So take the stress out of your HSC year and apply for Early Entry at Aspire Institute. Applications are now open.

THE NEXT STEPS
The application process is simple.

Step 1
Complete an application form and send it to us. You need to include the following in your application:

  • A personal statement
  • Your year 12 semester one results and trial HSC results (these can be sent at a later date once they become available)

A letter of recommendation from your Career Adviser, Principal or year coordinator.

Step 2
Attend an interview with our panel of senior Aspire Institute staff. You will be allocated an interview time upon application.

Step 3
You will be advised of the outcome of your application. If successful, you will receive an early entry place to the relevant Aspire Institute Bachelor degree before you sit your HSC exams.

Elite athletes and performers

Aspire Institute understands the additional pressures placed on students through significant involvement in sport and the performing arts and we believe this should be considered for entry to higher education. The Aspire Elite Athletes and Performers Admissions pathway is for students whose sport or performing arts commitments may have impacted on their studies.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Elite Athletes –
    To be considered an elite athlete, you must have represented your school or state at the national level competition during Years 11 and/or 12.
  • Elite Performers –
    To be considered an elite performer, you must have performed in extended or significant productions during Years 11 and/or 12.

THE NEXT STEPS
The application process is simple.

Step 1
Complete an application form and submit the following documentation:

  • A personal statement
  • A letter of reference/support from your school. This can be provided by your Sports Coordinator, Year Coordinator, Principal etc.
  • A letter of reference/support from your coach, team official, state or national organisation, performing arts association/institute etc.
  • Your year 12 semester one results and trial HSC results (these can be sent at a later date once they become available)

Step 2
Attend an interview with our panel of senior Aspire Institute staff. You will be allocated an interview time upon application.

Step 3
You will be advised of the outcome of your application.

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICANTS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY

Applicants who have already completed part of an undergraduate course at another institution may be considered for entry into a Diploma course. Academic results partial or complete from any higher education level study will be used as the basis for selection.

Credit for recently completed tertiary studies may be granted for completed awards or subjects that are at a similar level and are equivalent in content. Applications for advanced standing (credit or recognition of prior learning) may be accepted once an offer of enrolment has been made. Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.

Completed bridging or enabling courses

Aspire recognises enabling programs such as tertiary preparation programs offered by universities and other institutions for entry into undergraduate courses. Aspire Institute’s Australian Foundation Program is accepted for students whom have completed year 11 studies but do not satisfy the requirements for undergraduate courses.

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICANTS WITH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) STUDY

Applicants who have already completed part of a VET course at another institution such as a public TAFE or a recognised VET provider may be considered for entry into a ICMS undergraduate course. Academic results partial or complete from any VET level study will be used as the basis for selection.

Credit for recently completed VET studies may be granted for completed awards or subjects that are at a similar level and are equivalent in content. Applications for advanced standing (credit or recognition of prior learning) may be accepted once an offer of enrolment has been made. Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICANTS WITH WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

(Finished secondary education more than two years ago)

Applicants, who are over 18 years of age, may be eligible for admission based on work experience. However, it is not recommended that applicants just rely on work experience; they should consider supplementing it with the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT).

The STAT is usually undertaken by mature age applicants and/or those without an ATAR. Aspire Institute accepts results from the STAT multiple-choice tests and the required score for entry is 140.

Applicants that wish to apply with work experience need to present evidence of at least 12 months’ full-time work experience.

  • Evidence from past or current employers should include:
  • Length and mode of employment
  • Description of job role and responsibilities
  • One or more references on company letterhead
  • Reference contact details

If an applicant has been self-employed, they should supply a statement from their accountant, solicitor or tax agent.

FINISHED SECONDARY EDUCATION MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO

Applicants that have finished their secondary education some time ago and have no tertiary experience or work experience may still apply with their high school qualification in conjunction with any relevant experience the student has accumulated since then. An application interview may be conducted for a more holistic assessment. 

HOW TO APPLY

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

The Aspire Institute supports participation of applicants who may have disability, illness or family disruption and are sensitive to these circumstances. To that end Aspire welcome applications from those with challenging circumstances. Those applicants are requested to apply with any documents evidencing work experience, training, previous academic achievement or evidence that supports the applicants character. These applications will be assessed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor on a case-by-case basis.

Disability access options

Aspire Institute supports the participation of applicants that may have disability, illness or family disruption and are sensitive to these circumstances. To that end Aspire Institute welcome applications from those with challenging circumstances. Those applicants are requested to apply with any documents evidencing work experience, training, previous academic achievement or evidence that supports the applicant’s character.

These applications will be assessed by the Deputy Vice-chancellor on a case-by-case basis.

For more information please call 1800 657 572 or submit an enquiry via info@aspire.edu.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Aspire Institute supports the participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and is sensitive to ATSI knowledge and culture. To that end, ICMS welcome ATSI applications.

Those applicants are requested to apply with any documents evidencing work experience, training, previous academic achievement or evidence that supports the applicant’s character.

These applications will be assessed by the Deputy Vice-chancellor on a case-by-case basis.

For more information please call 1800 657 572 or submit an enquiry via info@aspire.edu.au.

Policies

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Domestic applicants who have overseas qualifications are assessed using Aspire Institute’s international requirements as found in the entry requirements by country section.

English language proficiency 

  • Australian Year 12 students must submit a performance band of no less than 2 in English
  • English proficiency assessments must be completed no longer than two (2) years prior to commencement or one (1) year prior to commencement for applicants studying/residing in a non-English speaking environment.
  • Applicants may sit an Aspire English proficiency test for purposes of entry. Available upon request.

Additional English entry requirements that are commonly accepted can be viewed here.

ENROLMENT

Acceptance of offer

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Deferment

Fees and charges

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant Background

Number of Students Trimester one 2019

Percentage of all students Trimester one 2019

(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/AN/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) 1 (>5)>5
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
1(>5)>5
(D) Recent secondary education
Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points

N/A

N/A
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR

N/AN/A
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)919%
International students 3777%
All students48100.0%

Notes: “<5" - the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

 N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

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